There is that word again! The one I really don’t care for but I know is necessary for change. Journey. I have been taking a lot of those lately. It’s funny how once you start embracing a certain journey, other journeys to change seem to follow suit. When I decided to embrace the journey of change in my life, I never expected I would notice so many things that I need to change; things I need to improve or begin, but that is exactly what is happening. God is beginning to work in my life to mold me, improve me and turn me into the women that He needs me to be. One of those things that I have started paying attention to is my health. I have never had issues with my weight until after I delivered my first child (21 years ago). Since that time, I have never been able to get back to down to the weight I was before I had her. Now I make that statement like I had tried everything and had been doing all I needed to but nothing worked. That has not been the case.
Now don’t get me wrong. There has been plenty of diets. Fasting, Weight Watchers, Anti-inflammatory, some diet from Dr.Phil that I don’t even remember, a soup diet and diet pills. I was willing to try anything that would get the weight off quickly and magically without me really having to do any work for it. I didn’t want to go on the journey that was needed in order to understand the meaning I had placed on food or why it was necessary for me to eat better or take care of myself. That required hard work and bringing up some feelings or emotions that I didn’t want to deal with or “I didn’t have time to deal with them”. So on to another fad diet or just skip the diets, eat what I want and complain some more about how miserable I felt. That has been the song and dance for the past 21 years….until now. When I decided to go on this path of discovering Joy and creating purpose, that has made me start re-evaluating a lot of things in my life. One of those has been my health.
Five years ago, March 4, 2013 I got a call that a suspicious mole that was removed for a biopsy came back positive for Melanoma. I had just turned 40 years old a month before and now I am hearing the word cancer. It as immediately labeled just below stage 3 but I would need to undergo major surgery a week later to remove a large portion around it as well as some of the nearest lymph nodes to determine if had spread to the surrounding area or lymph nodes. If they found any trace, it would automatically been categorized as stage 3 before they even looked at how deep in it had spread. THAT was a wake up call. Thankfully they were able to remove it all and no traces were found outside of that area and I have been cancer free for 5 years now. When I hit that 5 year mark, I realized that I cannot take anything for granite. Complaining about how tight my clothes are will not suddenly make me thinner and my clothes fit better or ward off any diseases that are lying in wait. I realized that it was time to take control of what I put into my body. It was time to take control of taking care of myself. In 1 Corinthians 6:19 it talks about how our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, that came from God and it doesn’t belong to us. How we use our body and how we treat our body is important. This starting weighing on me. I have not been a good steward of my body. I have been filling it with things that are harmful and not helpful. So that set me on a new journey.
I started on a new eating lifestyle 4 weeks ago, exactly. I have started paying attention to the foods that I am putting into my body. I am reading nutritional labels (boy has that been a wake up call). I am not eating grains or wheat. I am trying not to eat anything with sugar in it. I am eating whole foods, not processed and meats that are grass fed, uncured, and wild caught fish. I am eating more veggies and getting plenty of good fats. I am following the Keto diet, right now but that is not what this post is about. This post is about finding my way back to health. I am paying attention to how foods make my body feel. What makes me feel tired and sluggish? What hinders my thought process? What gives me energy? What triggers migraines? I am learning so much about myself and how food should be used as fuel. I am now starting to incorporate exercise/activity into my daily routine. I feel like a different person. I am able think clearly, I have a ton of energy throughout the day, I am motivated to get things done and I am enjoying life. I like this new me.
This journey is showing me that God can use me so much more if I take care of myself. I am a better mother, wife, friend, coworker, daughter and most of all, a better child of God. This has started getting me to look at other areas of my life that have been slacking. I have felt like my life has been just a whirlwind of chaos for a long time. I have just been juggling to keep all of the balls up in the air praying that none of them fall. Because of this, I wasn’t able to give any full attention to anything. This journey has caused me to slow down and pay attention to those things that matter. I’m looking at my life and getting rid of the things that don’t matter, nurturing the things that do matter and investing in the things that will help me grow. I am not perfect and definitely don’t have everything figured out but God has reminded me that I am worth it. I am his creation and I am special. YOU were created by a loving God who loved you so much that he created YOU for something special. He sent his only son, Jesus to die for you! He has a purpose for both of us. He wants to use us but we have to be willing to be used. Part of that willingness is taking care of our bodies so that we can do whatever it is that he wants us to do.
I feel like I need to remind someone today how special you are. I need to tell you that there is a God and he loves you so much that He created you and no one like you. You are an original. You were created for a purpose and He would love to show you what that purpose is. You are important. So treat your body the way God sees you. Take care of your body. Take care of your health. Pursue God. Read his word. Search for truth. Jesus makes all the difference. You don’t have to do anything alone.
We are all worth it! I am going to be posting some videos soon to try to encourage you and motivate you, so that we can do this thing together. So if you are interested in starting a journey to find overall health and be better, stay tuned!